Men die young—and it’s costing the US $479 billion a year

Quartz

All over the world, men die younger than women and do worse on a host of health indicators, yet policymakers rarely focus on this “men’s health gap” or adopt programs aimed at addressing it.

The continued neglect of men’s poor health status by policy makers harms not only men, but also women and children.

Studies have shown that male alcohol dependence is linked to emotional and behavioral problems in their children, men’s physical illness can impair the psychological health of their female partners, and when men are sick, injured or die, households and female partners may suffer a loss of income.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that premature death and disease among men add up to $479 billion a year in medical payments, lost productivity and decreased quality of life.

The gender health disparity has persisted in the face of significant health gains around the world over the…

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